Kids often struggle to understand the difference between fact and fiction, and it seems this week, scary proof of that notion has surfaced.
3 young boys have been hospitalized after letting a black widow spider bite them, as they thought it would turn them into Spider-Man.
Keep scrolling to see how this terrifying story played out…
Arachnophobia, or more commonly known as the fear of spiders, affects a staggering percentage of people here in the U.S.
Considering that (most of) these insects are relatively harmless, it seems quite silly that we freak out so much over them… Doesn’t it?
Some suggest that arachnophobia was a survival technique for our ancestors and that the fear has simply been conditioned into us throughout generations.
As some feel that arachnophobia is more likely based on cultural beliefs about the nature of spiders.
The fact remains that hundreds of thousands of us are completely terrified of the eight-legged arachnids, and nothing about that is going to change anytime soon.
Because we live in a country where most of our eight-legged critters can be caught with a drinking glass and a piece of paper.
Nope. Some places bring with them some monstrous, home-invading spiders that are too big for the old glass and paper trick.
Australia, of course.
Australia is completely riddled with gigantic spiders…
It’s a no from me.
But perhaps the most formidable of them all is the famous Huntsman spider.
Even though they’re mostly harmless (which is a rarity in that country…) their sheer size and speed have gained them quite the reputation.
A typical Huntsman’s leg-span can reach fifteen centimeters, while some have been known to reach thirty centimeters.
The spiders, which tend to live in the woods and warm, tropical climates, are excellent forms of pest control, as they keep cockroach and mosquito numbers at bay.
Nope, despite how formidable they may look, the Huntsman spider isn’t venomous, and very rarely bites humans. Instead, they take shelter and hide until the coast is clear.
Well, their venom is said to be fifteen times stronger than a rattlesnake’s.
You would probably try your best to avoid being bitten by one.
3 boys have been hospitalized after they purposefully let a black widow spider bite them.
The boys are clearly big Marvel fans, as they tried to get the spider to turn them into Spider-Man.
While tending to the sheep owned by the family, the boys found a black widow spider and came up with the idea that if they let it bite them they would develop the notorious superpowers seen in the hit movie franchise.
Their mother was reportedly out collecting wood while the brothers taunted the black widow with a stick and allowed it to bite them.
They very quickly started to develop symptoms from the venomous bites, which can include muscle pain and spasms, abdominal cramps, and an increased heart rate.
So she quickly whisked them off to the Chayanta health center where they were given medication for the bites.
They were taken to a hospital in the town of Llallagua before being transferred to the Children’s Hospital in the Bolivian capital La Paz.
Virgilio Pietro, the Head of Epidemiology of the Health Ministry, said the youngsters continued to suffer from muscle pains, sweating, fever, and generalized trembling until they were treated with a serum, which proved to be effective.
Pietro, who brought up the case at a press conference, urged parents to help children understand the difference between fact and fiction, explaining: “for children everything is real, films are real, dreams could be real, and they (children) are the hope of our life.”
It seems these boys have learned the hard way…
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